Home Improvement

How Home Improvements Affect Your Taxes When You Sell

www.TurboTax.com As a homeowner, you may be asking, “Can I ever get a tax benefit out of all the money I’ve spent fixing up my house?” The answer may be yes. You generally can’t deduct the cost of a new … Continue reading

Building a Deck or Addition to Your Home

Add value and summer fun to your home! Summer is just around the corner!  When the sun breaks through the fog in San Francisco, we all want to spend as much time as possible outdoors.  What better way to do … Continue reading

2007 Cost Vs. Value Report

It’s Payback Time From Realtor Magazine / Remodeling Magazine Remodeling magazine’s annual “Cost vs. Value Report” shows exterior and replacement projects bring the biggest return. View San Francisco-specific cost vs. value chart. ADAPTED FROM REMODELING MAGAZINE Home rehabbers who are … Continue reading

Stay Warm This Winter!

4 Heating Tips You Need to Know By Paul West Brrrr! Are you dreading that annual increase in your PG&E bill? For many Bay Area residents, energy consumption nearly doubles during the colder months. So this month, we’ve asked our … Continue reading

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

By Heinz Lehman Winter is just around the corner, and along with the inclement weather comes a host of potential home-related problems. From swollen doors to leaky roofs, the rainy season can become a major expense and a prime source … Continue reading

Garages Add Value, Stress for S.F. Homeowners

By Lili Weigert Special to The Chronicle Title insurance: A couple thousand dollars. Property taxes: A few thousand more. Having your own garage in San Francisco: Priceless. Well, maybe not priceless – and not easy either, considering the drawn-out, stressful … Continue reading